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Metro Shutdowns Spur Transportation Alternatives

By: Allan M. Siegel

In the last several weeks, Metro has shut down various parts – and sometimes all – of its rail system, in order to perform necessary and long-delayed maintenance and avoid more dangerous accidents. Most recently, Metro has announced that the agency may permanently stop offering rail service after midnight on weekends.

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The reduced services by Metro have spurred greater use of the roads, sometimes in innovative ways. For example, on March 16, 2016, when Metro took the unprecedented step of shutting down the entire rail system for a day, use of the D.C. Capital Bike Share soared. “Via,” a ride-sharing service like Uber and Lyft, has recently entered the D.C. market for the first time, beginning by serving customers along the Metro red line, which is currently under maintenance. And Uber has recently begun selling passes to encourage customers to use its carpooling system.

While Metro conducts necessary maintenance, it cannot serve as many customers as before. In the meantime, the side effect will be more bicyclists and drivers, which unfortunately may increase collisions on the roads. If you or anyone close to you has been injured in an auto accident, our personal injury attorneys at Chaikin, Sherman, Cammarata & Siegel, P.C. are available to provide you with a free consultation.